Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist, and speaker. Bhagat is the author of five bestselling novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009) & Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition (2011). All five books have remained bestsellers since their release and two have inspired Bollywood films. In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat 'the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history'. Bhagat, an alumni of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, is seen more as a youth icon than as an author. Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Bhagat also favoured the forming of a system similar to the Lokpal as early as January 2011 through his articles. Bhagat writes op-ed columns for English and Hindi newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth, career and issues based on national development. Bhagat is also a motivational speaker and has given talks in leading multinational corporations and other institutions.
Bhagat was born in New Delhi to a middle class Punjabi family. His father was in the army and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department. Bhagat's education was mostly in Delhi. He attended the Army Public School, and then studied Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi. He graduated from IIM, Ahmedabad where he was named 'The Best Outgoing Student'. After graduation he worked as an investment banker in Hong Kong. He had been working in Hong Kong for 11 years before shifting to Mumbai to pursue his passion for writing. He has written five books, all of which are bestsellers. His first three novels were written during his tenure as an investment banker.
Bhagat met his wife, Anusha Suryanarayan who is a Tamilian at IIM Ahmedabad. They married in 1999. Later, they moved to Hong Kong and worked there. Now based in Mumbai, Bhagat is focusing on his writing career. The love story of Anusha and Chetan Bhagat was the inspiration for Bhagat's book 2 States: The Story of My Marriage.
There was controversy when the film 3 Idiots was released in 2009. Bhagat was unhappy over not getting credit for the film's story, which was based upon Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT!. According to him the film had taken more from the book than the filmmakers had led him to believe. Director Rajkumar Hirani said that Bhagat has been given his due credit according to contract. Hirani threatened to take legal action against Bhagat. Bhagat also accused Hirani of not showing him final script as per contract, but Hirani denied that. Protagonist of the film Aamir Khan initially said that the screenplay was original, but later he kept himself away from this controversy.
His book 2 States: The Story of my Marriage is proposed to be filmed by Imtiaz Ali.